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Lecturer in Critical Theory and Creative Writing (Teaching and Research) job with UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

This is a permanent senior position which forms part of the expansion of the key areas of provision of the University of Manchester’s Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing. We seek applicants with an outstanding research profile in both creative practice (especially poetry) and scholarly research (preferably in cultural and critical theory relating to race, identity and gender). environmentalism). The successful candidate will not only contribute to the UG and MA programs at the Center for New Writing, but will be interested in aspects of modern and contemporary literary and cultural theory in the English and American Studies curriculum. They will be expected to design and deliver innovative new modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, supervise dissertations and contribute to the expansion of the postgraduate student community at masters and doctoral level. This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scholar to join one of the leading centers for creative writing in the UK and one of the leading departments of the Manchester School of Arts, Languages ​​and Cultures . As an employer committed to the brand principles of the Racial Equality Charter, we particularly welcome applications from qualified candidates from underrepresented groups, including people from racial minorities and of all gender identities.

job description

The position will be filled in the Department of English, American Studies, and Creative Writing (EACW).

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Teach, grade, and review master’s and undergraduate programs in Creative Writing and English and American Studies, as agreed with the Head of Department.
  • Actively participate in the department’s research strategy and culture
  • Contribute to the development of the curriculum, offering new modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level that add to the existing strengths of the department (Creative Practice, Transatlantic Modernism, Critical Theory, Studies of Race, Identity and gender, cultural materialism, environmental humanities and eco-criticism).
  • Contribute and develop future online and blended learning modules.
  • Contribute to the supervision of UG dissertations.
  • Contribute to the teaching of MA modules.
  • Act as course unit director.
  • Act as an academic advisor/personal tutor to undergraduate students.
  • Work collegially with academic and professional staff.
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the department’s teaching portfolio, in roles such as program director.
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the School’s teaching portfolio as, for example, Director of Teaching and Learning.

Person specification

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in English (creative writing, literature and/or language in a contemporary or historical context)
  • A demonstrable record of research excellence in creative writing as well as critical and cultural theory.
  • Evidence of sustained, high-quality teaching achievement that is at the forefront of practice in the subject areas cited above.
  • Evidence of successful improvement and innovation in the student learning experience.
  • An ability to develop new UG and PG courses and produce high quality teaching materials.
  • Evidence of major achievements and high quality skills that enhance the full range of supervisory activities, particularly at the masters and doctoral levels.
  • A commitment to equality and diversity in all aspects of research, teaching and learning.
  • An ability to work within a collaborative team.
  • A commitment to collegiality.
  • Proven administrative, organizational and leadership skills (e.g. experience in course and/or program leadership as well as institute/centre management or contributions)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience teaching poetry, critical theory and literature of related periods.
  • Teaching experience in an English, American and transatlantic literary and cultural context.
  • A review of practice and teaching informed by research in creative writing.